Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How good a player do I need to be to join the orchestra?
A. We welcome players of all abilities. We offer a free one-hour induction for those with who are absolute beginners

Q.Where can I find you?
A. We normally meet every Thursday evening 6.30 to 8.30 pm in the Old School Hall, School Lane, Quorn, unless other circumstances prevail. (Check the front page of this website).

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Q. What sort of music does the orchestra play?
A. We play lots of different kinds of music – modern, pop, folk, traditional and some rock and roll! Members are encouraged to choose the music they like.

Q. Do I have to provide my own music?
A. No. All the music you need is printed and provided for you.

Q. Do I have to be a great singer?
A. No. Not at all. It’s good if you’re a willing singer, but if you just want to come and play along that’s fine.

Q. Are there different kinds of ukulele?
A. There are four main sizes in ukuleles. From small to large these are the Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone. The first three of these are tuned G-C-E-A. The baritone is tuned like a guitar: D-G-B-E  so the chords you play on a baritone are not the same shape as on the other sizes. More recently the sopranissimo is also gaining popularity, this one is even smaller (16 inches, 40 cm) than the soprano sized ukulele. The soprano, however, is the most traditional size at 20 inches (51 cm).

Q. Is the ukulele hard to play?
A. Learning the ukulele is easy is because it’s a strumming rhythmic instrument – although it can also be played as a melodic lead instrument as well. The ukulele is so easy to play even if you only know a few basic chords.

Q. What is the maximum number of ukuleles I should own?
A. That’s an excellent question. In fact there is a formula to help you work it out. The number of ukuleles you should own is n + 1, where is the number of ukuleles you already own. This can also be expressed as s – 1, where is the number that would lead to separation from your partner. The same formula can be applied to bicycle ownership.

Q. My husband is interested in playing the Ukulele and I would like to buy him one for Christmas!  Can you suggest a good one to get?  And from where?  He used to play the guitar in his youth!
A . Ukulele is a great instrument and a good gift idea. It is fairly easy to play to personal and group enjoyment levels.

Our group welcomes beginners and the Uke sounds great in a group. I would recommend a visit to ‘Just Music’ in Loughborough they are very helpful and will make sure that you get the right. instrument and will prepare it for you with correct strings etc. Mention the QUO and you may get a little off. There are various types of instrument and they range in size and price to suit your budget.

The most common are the Soprano and Concert. They have the same fingering, but the Concert is a little larger and often suits people particularly if, like me, they have dumpy fingers. If your husband can play guitar you might consider a baritone ukulele, since they are strung and tuned the same way as a guitar and hence the chord shapes are the same. (See the answer to question four above).

You will also need a ‘tuner’ this is a small battery-operated item that is quite cheap.